New Chicks with Old Hens or Just Stew the Old Gals?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by audreyjo, Jan 13, 2010.

  1. audreyjo

    audreyjo Out Of The Brooder

    May 19, 2008
    Hey All,
    I am getting a new brood(15) of chicks in about a month. I currently have 4 3 year old orpingtons who are lazy layers. Is it beneficial to keep the old gals around for the little ones or is the best place for them in the freezer? Thoughts?
  2. The Chicken People

    The Chicken People Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2009
    Smithville, Mo
    Stew pot!
  3. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    From the perspective of the new chicks that are coming, their life would by far be easiest if there were no preexisting chickens around.

    Some might choose to keep the older hens for other reasons, but if it's just a question of what's best for the chicks, definitely stewpot.

    Good luck, have fun, bon appetit as the case may be,

  4. audreyjo

    audreyjo Out Of The Brooder

    May 19, 2008
    Thanks, I think chicken dinners will be on the menu for the next little while!

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